Influenza severity for Massachusetts is currently at high levels.
The main precautions we can take to minimize the impact of the flu are:
- Wash hands even more frequently, paying attention to areas between fingers and under nails and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds (it's longer than you think!). If you don't have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Flu shots are still available from health care providers.
- If your child exhibits any symptoms of the flu or a cold, play it safe and keep them at home. Time at home to nip things in the bud is better for everyone than sending a child to school who then spreads their germs, may need to get picked up in the middle of the day, and then often needs additional sick days out of school.
- Your child must have 24 hours at home fever free and without medication to treat the fever before coming back to school.